Rotary club hits stamp appeal’s Daniel Lambert weight target

George Hetherington with a large collection of stamps that were donated to the Rotary club's stamp appeal.

George Hetherington with a large collection of stamps that were donated to the Rotary club's stamp appeal.

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A ROTARY club is celebrating reaching its target in a charity appeal.

The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s has taken just under two years to reach the target of collecting 52st 11lb in stamps, the same weight as Stamford folklore legend Daniel Lambert.

The stamps will be exchanged for cash to donate to The Leprosy Mission.

Rotarian George Hetherington, of Kettering Road, Stamford, has led the appeal and said he was thrilled to finally hit the target.

He said: “We are very grateful for everyone’s donations but certainly not as grateful as the people who will benefit from the cash raised from the stamps.

“The success of the campaign has been very much down to the involvement of many members, churches and groups of the Stamford community.”

He said an influx of donations over the Christmas period had finally enabled the club to reach its target. It is not known how much the stamps will raise for the charity because they are sold at stamp fairs but it is likely to be thousands of pounds.

George said: “We will continue to collect stamps of The Leprosy Mission as their needs are ongoing.

“As yet a new target has not been agreed but suggestions received have been the weight of the Eleanor Cross, the weight of the Daniels football team or Daniel Lambert’s twin brother.”

George is asking for suggestions of a fixed and attainable weight. Anyone who has a suggestion can contact him on 01780 757439.

The club is also launching a collection of old postcards.

To find out more visit www.rcssm.org.